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SAMHSA News - January/February 2006, Volume 14, Number 1

Town Hall Meetings Planned

logo of Stop Underage Drinking campaignPlanning is under way for Town Hall Meetings to be held on or around March 28 in communities across the country as part of a comprehensive plan to prevent and reduce underage alcohol use.

The Town Hall Meetings are part of a national effort to increase the understanding of underage drinking and its consequences, and to encourage individuals, families, and communities to address the problem.

The meetings will provide an opportunity for communities to learn more about the new research on the issue and to discuss how their local area can best prevent underage alcohol use. These Town Hall Meetings are designed to alert and empower the community and to generate interest from the media.

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking is encouraging states and communities to hold these meetings as a followup to the recent national conference in Washington, DC, "Preventing Underage Alcohol Use: A National Meeting of the States." This conference brought together teams of state officials and prevention, treatment, and enforcement professionals from nearly every state, territory, and the District of Columbia (see SAMHSA News, November/December 2005).

Each state or community organization will take the lead in coordinating local events.

The Coordinating Committee is chaired by SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W., and includes members from 12 Federal agencies and offices, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, Defense, Transportation, and Treasury.

For more information, visit the comprehensive portal of Federal resources on underage drinking at www.stopalcoholabuse.gov. To view the public service announcements developed by SAMHSA and the Ad Council, visit http://www.adcouncil.org/.

For questions, contact SAMHSA's Steve Wing, Associate Administrator for Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Policy, at Stephen.Wing@samhsa.hhs.govEnd of Article

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